Tasting: May 4, 2016
Style: Farmhouse Imperial IPA
Beer #: 927
After sampling the Magnify line up a year ago at the brewery, I was left with a so-so impression. I guess I’m not the only one as members of The New Jersey Craft Beer Society have a field day on their Facebook page. The memes and trade offers are hysterical. You might say that they deserve some slack because they are a new brewery but there are a number of breweries that hit it out of the park in a short period of time (Other Half, Trillium come to mind). That’s some rarified air and I’m willing to hopefully watch the development of this brewery. More than one friend has told me after they agreed to a new hop contract there has been some improvement in their offerings. This can came from one of those friends.
Woah Amarillo is part of a hop series of releases each featuring a different hop. There is (amongst others), Woah Equinox, Woah Citra and Woah Eldorado. Some of the notable beers that feature Amarillo hops: Three Floyds Gumball Head – 87 points, Trillium Sleeper Street – 93 points and Kern River Just Outstanding IPA – 94 points
From Wikipedia a description of Amarillo hops:
The resultant aroma is of medium strength and very distinct.
The aroma is described as flowery, spicy and citrus-like with a distinct orange bouquet.
The hop is good for flavor and aroma
It can also be used for bittering effectively because of the low cohumulone content
Blossom aroma and a quick wisp of citrus on the first sip. I get some fruit juice sweetness, roasted caramel and spicy pepper but it spirals into a sharp and puckering bitterness in a matter of moments. I find the key to balancing this beer is to hold it on your tastebuds for a few extra moments. Maybe brighter days are ahead for this young brewery, I’ll certainly check in on them again. 88 points.